By: Kyle Crooks / Jacksonville Suns
The Jacksonville Suns (15-27) will look to salvage the final two games of this series starting tonight when they look to starter Trevor Williams to take on the Mississippi Braves (24-18) with a first pitch of 7:05 p.m. ET from Bragan Field.
The 6-0 defeat on Saturday night marked the eighth time this year Jacksonville has been on the losing end of a shutout. Their overall record in games featuring a shutout is 3-8. In shutout defeats the Suns have been outscored 28-0, while in victories that featured Jacksonville blanking their competition, the Suns have a 14-0 scoring edge.
Braves starter Jorge Reyes (W, 5-2) tossed five scoreless innings allowing three hits while not walking a batter and striking out four. Austin Brice (L, 1-4) generated four frames surrendering five earned runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out a pair of batters for Jacksonville.
The scoring would begin in the top of the first when Mississippi had runners on second and third after a walk to Chris O’Dowd, and a double by David Rome, set the table for KD Kang’s two-run single to leap his squad out to an early 2-0 lead. Next batter Kevin Ahrens would extend the Braves advantage after mashing a RBI double to set the Suns deficit at 3-0. In the third the Braves tacked on a pair of runs courtesy of a RBI sacrifice fly by Emerson Landoni that scored KD Kong who lead off the frame with a single. With pitcher Jorge Reyes at the plate, a wild 2-6-5-4 putout of Eric Garcia allowed time for Seth Loman to score from third and give the Braves a 5-0 lead. Flashing ahead to the seventh, Mississippi plated a solo run courtesy of Kevin Ahrens’ run scoring double that made the tally 6-0. Lefty reliever Matt Tomshaw entered in the fifth, and churned out a pair of scoreless frames allowing one hit while striking out a batter for Jacksonville. Brian Ellington worked two innings in relief relinquishing one earned run. Lay Batista put together a scoreless ninth frame for the Suns.
Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature right-hander Trevor Williams taking the ball for the Suns to be opposed by Braves righty Greg Ross. Williams enters tonight’s start 0-6 with a 6.25 ERA. He has yet to pick up a victory at the double-A level, finishing last year 0-1 while sporting a 6.00 ERA over 15.0 innings and three starts in Jacksonville. The eighth-ranked prospect in the Marlins organization according to Baseball America, worked five innings in last start against Biloxi on 5/18 allowing four earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out a pair of batters in a no decision. The month of May has not been kind to Williams, posting a ERA north of nine after surrendering 19 runs (all earned) on 29 hits (three home runs) in 18 frames of work and offering up more walks (11) than strikeouts (10).
Ross comes into his seventh start 2-3 accompanied with a 5.40 ERA. The righty took the loss against Pensacola on 5/19 in his last trip to the hill, manufacturing five innings allowing five runs (all earned) on nine hits while walking a pair of batters and fanning one. Ross is a former 18th round selection of Atlanta in the 2011 draft out of Frostburg State University. This year is not his first taste of the double-A level, having gone 7-3 with a 2.08 ERA over 78 innings and 12 starts a year ago with the Braves. He was rewarded as a Mid-Season All-Star a year ago with high-A Lynchburg after collecting five wins in 11 starts with the Hillcats of the Carolina League.
Fans can listen to the game live on the Suns Baseball Network, with Roger Hoover providing play by play. Roger Hoover and Kyle Crooks will host a special “Suns Sunday” edition of the Memorial Hospital Suns Pre-Game Show beginning at 6:35 p.m. ET on the Suns Baseball Network.
The homestand comes to a close on Memorial Day with Military Appreciation Day, Team Ghost Riders and Kids Run the Bases! Join the Suns early to help us honor all veterans of military service in a special ceremony and pregame video tribute! All Members of the military and their families get free admission into the game by showing their Military ID at the Suns Box Office, courtesy of Navy Federal Credit Union & WOKV! Plus it’s a special holiday edition of Kids Run the Bases following the game, presented by VyStar Credit Union!
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Matchup: Jacksonville Suns (15-27) @ Mississippi Braves (24-18)
Starters: JAX: RHP Trevor Williams (0-6, 6.25 ERA) vs. MIS: RHP Greg Ross (2-3, 5.40 ERA)
Who’s Hot: David Adams is now batting .333 on the year with 12 RBI, which is good for third on the team. Adams has only played in 26 games because of a DL stint to start the year due to a right wrist injury. Carlos Lopez has put together a .368 average over the last five games and has tallied a hit in 15 of his last 18 contests. Zack Cox generated a three-hit night on Saturday, which is good for his third contest with a trio of hits and is in the team lead for multi hit games with 12.
Suns Spots: Here’s a note from the official Jacksonville Suns game notes:
-Starter Kendry Flores is second in batting average against (.169), second in WHIP (0.83), third in fewest baserunners allowed per nine innings (7.82), and fourth in ERA (1.95) in the Southern League. Closer Sean Donatello is tied for first in saves (10) in the S.L. Reliever Lay Batista has generated the league’s lowest average against holding opposing batters to a .109 average.